Pepsi Max released Chapter 2 in the Uncle Drew saga, and it features the NBA stars Kyrie Irving and
Kevin Love. Of course, there is a catch that makes this ad more of a memorable video than any commercial out there could do. Both basketball stars are dressed up and doused with makeup to look far older than they are. When they hit the blacktop at Jim Gilliam Park in Los Angeles, they are scoffed at by spectators who think they have a couple of has-been chumps on their hands.
Instead, the young men playing street ball get old schooled. The video starts with Irving in character as Uncle Drew getting wisdom from the great Bill Russell. That’s when he takes off to find his ol’ pal Wes, played by Kevin Love. They get the band back together and take on an L.A. court. Wes takes a while to get loose and makes some horrible plays, much to the guffaw of those watching. By the end, Uncle Drew is dropping buckets and Wes is dunking over brash street ballers.
Kyrie Irving is by far one of the top five point guards in the NBA. He has won Rookie of the Year and has made an All-Star appearance in just his sophomore year. He is averaging 23.0 PPG 5.7 APG and 3.7 RPG shooting on a .466 FG% .414 3PT% and a .842 FT%. Nobody in the NBA has been able to stop him. If he stay healthy he will be a Hall of Famer.
John Wall exploded for a career-high 47 points with a win against the Memphis Grizzlies, shooting 13-for-22 from the field and 19-for-24 from the foul line. He added eight assists, seven rebounds, one steal and one block in 45 just to round out his absurd contributions to the box score.
He got buckets. Anthony arrived on the pro basketball scene as a fully formed 20-point scorer and has never slipped below that mark in any season. His career scoring average is just a shade under 25 points per game, and this season should mark the fifth time that Anthony finishes the season in the NBA’s top four in scoring average. He’s in a special class of prolific scorers, and few are as masterful in turning difficult situations into improbable points.
When Anthony Davis went down, Damian Lillard stepped on to the throne. The Portland Trail Blazers point guard has spent most of the season as the heavy favorite to take rookie of the year honors. Lillard should make it 5-for-5 in rookie of the month awards in a few days, once march is through. He started right away, picked up huge minutes and made his impact.
The impact has shown in the NBA power rankings, where Lillard has led for all but one week in our rookie race.
This week was no different, with Lillard taking five of six first-place votes. It makes sense; Lillard averages 18.3 points and 6.5 assists in 38.4 minutes a game. No other rookie averages 15 points, five assists or 32 minutes.
A few members of our power rankings panel shared some insight on what it would take for another rookie to overtake Lillard and who that rookie might be, with most looking at Davis, the No. 1 draft pick for the New Orleans Hornets, who averages 12.8 points, 7.8 rebounds and 1.8 blocks in 28.9 minutes a game.